Monday, October 27, 2014

- Dyeing to get home

As you may recall, I left 12 canning jars and a copper pot full of dyestuff before hitting the road two weeks ago.

2500 miles later (San Marcos to Lubbock to Santa Fe to Oklahoma City to St. Louis to Tulsa to Fort Worth and finally back to San Marcos), this is what was waiting for me ...



I learned a thing or two as I opened the jars: 
  • rot happens (so point the jar away from you as you open it)
  • stuff swells (so don't pack the jar too tight, especially if it has a narrow neck)
  • numbering is helpful (so write numbers in permanent ink on cloth before dyeing)
As a reminder, here's what I put in each jar:
  1. Dried avocado pits (unbroken) wrapped in copper wire
  2. Broken avocado pits wrapped in steel wire
  3. Dried avocado skins wrapped in copper wire
  4. Dried avocado skins wrapped in steel wire
  5. Yellow onion skins wrapped in copper wire
  6. Yellow onion skins wrapped in steel wire
  7. Red onion skins wrapped in copper wire
  8. Red onion skins wrapped in steel wire
  9. Dried avocado pits wrapped in twine, with 1 tsp grocery alum 
  10. Dried avocado skins wrapped in twine, with 1 tsp grocery alum  
  11. Yellow onion skins wrapped in twine, with 1 tsp grocery alum  
  12. Red onion skins wrapped in twine, with 1 tsp grocery alum 
Too impatient to wait until they were fully washed and dried, I did take preliminary pictures of the cloth in jars 1-7 ... 


and 8-12 ...


They are now in the washer, so a fuller accounting will be made when they are a bit more presentable and the lighting a bit more consistent.

To be continued ...

7 comments:

Saskia van Herwaarden said...

scrumptious!

Liz Ackert said...

Some more than others ... the lichen pot smelled best of all, but it was not in a capped jar (which may have made a difference). I have never been so impatient for a washload to get done!!!

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

so, i am waiting too!!!! but just LOOK! and remember, rot is a good thing. for me
at least....as in the example of the Mexican Elderberry...it's when the pot is decomposed
that things happen for me. and the other big thing is that what's in the water makes
such difference too.
THIS is WONDER FULL...a very loving Welcome Home....

Liz Ackert said...

I did wonder about that as I hosed off the cloths in the driveway with our unfiltered, very sulfuric well water (that comes from 900' below the surface). Still, I can't imagine how I could possibly afford all the distilled water it would take to do this. So the water is what the water is and I guess that means the colors will be a reflection of place in more ways than one.

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

yes....that's what i meant. The water GIVES color, gives sometimes very
different color with the same plant materials. NO!!!!, no distilled!!!!! Your
Earth water will give you it's own nuance

Saskia van Herwaarden said...

how well you have recorded the pot contents, this must be an indication of an organized mind!

oh I know the feeling of being all excited about the outcome, as the cloth-in-the-dye looks so promising........then the water and soap wash away most of it, ah well it is as it is

Liz Ackert said...

Organized? You're too kind. Don can certainly vouch for my total lack of innate organizational skills. That being said, since I was a librarian for 35+ years I did learn a few organizational tricks that I take advantage of when it suits me.
And even though it was a bit of a letdown to see how much the cloth faded with the first wash, I do like subtlety so I have no complaints.